11 Easy Lathe Projects for Beginners (Wood & Metal)

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Owning a lathe can make a lot of jobs incredibly easy, such as threading, turning, and performing even sanding around a cylindrical object. Learning to use a potter’s wheel (one of the most basic types of lathe) is relatively simple, but mastering a wood or metal lathe is a lot harder. The following are some … Read more

Beginners Guide to Oxy-Acetylene Welding

Oxy-Acetylene welding is a tried and true method for fusing metals. It combines oxygen and acetylene gases to form a superheated flame that melts and joins two pieces of metal. It is an intricate process that requires a great degree of skill, focus and patience, but don’t be discouraged. With the right information and proper application … Read more

Parts of a Hammer (with Diagram)

Technology has changed tools incredibly over the years, but some of the best things stay the same. Case in point: the hammer. Many different types of hammers have been created throughout the years — everything from simple wooden mallets to state-of-the-art titanium alloy ball peen hammers, but they all have similar characteristics. While a hammer … Read more

40 Different Types of Hammers and Their Uses

One of the oldest tools, the hammer has evolved to fill a wide variety of roles beyond simple construction. Some types of hammers are highly specialized, and may perform tasks traditionally held by axes. Other types are versatile and have a home in any workshop. The parts of a hammer can be broken down into … Read more

26 Different Types of Saws and Their Uses

Saws have been in use for thousands of years, branching out to fill specific niches as the times, technology, and materials required. Today’s “complete” tool collection will include a variety of saws, from coping saws to hacksaws to any of a number of specialized table saws, and sometimes includes more than one saw of a … Read more

How to Use a Car Buffer to Polish and Wax Like a Pro

Polishing and waxing your car can be a total pain, but the benefits are undeniable. From the factory, the only thing protecting your car’s paint from the elements is a thin layer of clear coat. Just normal driving and outdoor parking can place a heavy burden on the clear coat and it typically doesn’t take … Read more

8 Garage Ceiling Ideas for that Finished Look

One of the most neglected rooms in your home is the garage. This space can have many functions beyond housing a car, such as storage, workshop, home gym, or music room. Adding in a finished ceiling is an inexpensive way to give this space a more hospitable appeal and turn it into a more functional … Read more

Multimeter Symbols and Their Meanings

They don’t make ’em like they used to. You can still pick up your grandpa’s old analog multimeter at any hardware store or on the internet, and they’ve still got their uses. Today’s best multimeters are all digital and they dominate the market. With a numeric display that reads out your measured value as precise … Read more

Socket Sizes in Order From Smallest to Largest

You’d think that a list of socket sizes in order would be pretty simple. Well, there’s a bit more to it than that. Along with the two different measurement standards (metric and SAE), you also have to consider what size drive you’re using. Whether you just got your first socket set, want to know which … Read more

Wrench Sizes in Order from Smallest to Largest

Wrench sizes are a bit easier to figure out than socket sizes since you are not dealing with different ratchet drive sizes. While the average wrench set won’t include every single size of wrench, you’ll likely only use a few of them depending on the general use. A car mechanic will use a large range of … Read more